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Incumbents Prevail in Estates, East Run-Offs

Brian Daughney and Nick Episcopia to appear on March village election ballot along with fellow Community Agreement candidates who weren't challenged, Andrew Cavanaugh and John Watras.

The results are in.

Incumbent trustee candidates Brian Daughney and Nick Episcopia won their run-off elections in the Estates and East respectively.

Daughney bested his challenger, Michele Harrington, by a vote of 398 to 349 while Episcopia bested his challenger, former village trustee Jon Segerdahl, by a vote of 463 to 373.

Episcopia thanked his supporters.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank my supporters, my like-minded colleagues and the Eastern property owners for doing a great job running the election. You folks did yeoman's work and this victory would have been impossible without your tireless efforts," he said. "I promise to continue to focus on the important issues facing all our residents, and to work diligently to maintain our services and programs at the lowest possible cost."

Daughney said he's optimistic that Harrington and her supporters will accept his invitation to work together and continue supporting the Community Agreement and all the candidates selected through the process in last week's vote.

"I appreciate the confidence that the majority of voters cast for me and I will continue to represent the Estates and the village residents as best as I can," he said. "I had lots of great support from residents in the Estates who helped me get the vote out in a short period of time."

Daughney continued, "I will continue to press our village staff and myself and my fellow trustees to give a fresh look to how we provide services to our residents. We do not want to cut services, and in fact we should also try to deliver more to our residents. By considering new ideas and a fresh approach I hope we can maintain the things we love and expect from our village.

"Productivity is not just about cutting personnel, it is about getting more bang for the buck. I will push for more productivity. With the new 2 percent tax levy cap imposed on us by the state, without any corresponding relief from mandates and costs associated with our labor force, we will be required to operate in a very difficult financial scenario."

Both gentlemen's names will appear on the official village election ballot in March, along with fellow Community Agreement candidates Andrew Cavanaugh (Central) and John Watras (West), whose nominations were not challenged.

Jack O'Niel February 01, 2012 at 03:08 AM
I guess that mandate on St. Paul's didn't really exist.
Raymond Rudolph February 01, 2012 at 03:44 AM
That's a lot closer than I thought it would be.
Tommy L February 01, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Because I must . Hey Jack , you really are petty . Grow up . You lost . The vote margin speaks for itself . If all Garden City voters turned out ( shame on them ) the results would have been different . The majority of residents of this Village do not agree with the downright pauper vision of some of the present trustees . This village is different and special and wants to remain so . Long live the true Garden City and not the silly vociferous few .
GCBob February 01, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Money can't buy everything.
Jonathan Schwieger Jr. February 01, 2012 at 02:27 PM
1,583 total voters....I'd like to know what percentage of the available voting base that is for the two sections. Anyone know where I can find detailed population statistics for each section?
Jack O'Niel February 01, 2012 at 02:41 PM
The data is from 2009 but there are some numbers here: http://www.city-data.com/city/Garden-City-New-York.html
Jonathan Schwieger Jr. February 01, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Yeah, saw that site...excellent data. Unfortunately I was looking for the one piece I think it doesn't include....How many people are in each section. I thought that the various property owners associations websites would have data on how many people and voters they have in the East, Estates, etc. But I think all the data compiled is always at the town level. Oh well.
Raymond Rudolph February 01, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Jonathan, voter turnout is always extremely low. Shows the lack of interest
Carisa Giardino (Editor) February 01, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Jonathan, according to village clerk Brian Ridgway, each POA should have that specific info. I have reached out to both POA presidents of the Estates and East. Brian could only provide the full home totals for each section: EPOA 2,290 Estates 1,970 ****************** CPOA 1,458 WPOA 1,370
Jonathan Schwieger Jr. February 01, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Thanks Carisa! In doing some quick calculations (so don't hold me to it), with a town population of 22.5K, 26% of that being under 18 (from the fabulous city data website), assuming that the distribution of children is equal to the distribution of adults by sections (which probably isn't true) and the percentage of households in each section represents equivalent population (which is probably not true). I believe that the voter turnout was the following... East: 14% (747 voters as compared to 5.4K possible voters) Estates: 18% (836 voters as compared to 4.6K possible voters) Just as a comparison, the last presidential election provided a voter turnout of 57%. Maybe the elections should be held on Saturday, so people who care less might be more apt to vote if they have nothing to do all day.
AverageGCResident February 01, 2012 at 08:53 PM
So typical of the fervent CSSP supporters - yes the membership at the country club must be incredulous that the village paupers are concerned about silly things like the paltry 30 to 50 mil for the pretty building on Stewart Avenue. Fact is, the MAJORITY of residents do not want to foot the bill to keep it. So either a viable (meaning the building should have a use that provides sufficient revenue to provide its expenses) or the paupers of the village will continue to balk.
Jack O'Niel February 01, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Just to be clear, I am not AverageGCResident although I do approve of that message.
long time resident February 01, 2012 at 11:36 PM
The SCHOOL was never apart of the community I was growing up. Maybe you played a soccer game or two there, but that's it. I wish we could keep it but prior decision & neglect has probably made it economically impossible. Many don't want to open Pandora's Box & start throwing millions into it.
GCBob February 02, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Long time resident, I agree that it's time has past but their are some who just can't face reality. The election is just another example of community involvement. Just go to a BOT meeting or a school board meeting and see the low turnout. That is why small groups fight over just about everything because they think they know what others want without ever asking.
George February 02, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Call me crazy, but maybe Donald Trump would make a donation in his brothers name? Same for St. Pauls fields....they were once called Trump Fields....
John Ertle February 02, 2012 at 05:13 PM
George - It was done under Mayor Bee, no dice!

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